EU RMR B: Day two as it happened
This was a live updated post with the latest from Group B of the BLAST.tv Paris Major European qualifier.
— Cloud9, FORZE, G2, and BIG are one win away from Paris
— Ninjas in Pyjamas, Aurora, Eternal Fire, and 500 sent down to elimination matches
— iNation and Spirit finish in joint-last place
— ENCE and Astralis live on for now at 1-2
— Heroic and 9INE qualify for the Paris Major Legends Stage over Monte and Vitality
It's a wrap
19:16 - NER0
After yet another upset, here is the state of play at the close:
19:12 - NER0
The most enticing battle will be between G2 and Cloud9, but there will also be an elimination match between Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke's Ninjas in Pyjamas and Astralis. Monte will face FORZE for qualification, too.
mynio: "Our community needed that"
19:12 - NER0
"I still can't belive it but it is f*cking amazing. We are working really hard, I'm so happy."
"I know our community needed that [successor to VP]. We know that fans are waiting for that, for so f*cking long you know. We see all the comments now, all the messages. The hype is huge. It feels so nice."
"We beat some really good teams here. G2, Vitality, like top one, top four I don't know."
"I have no idea [about expectations for Paris], I didn't think about that yet. We are focusing on Rio for now, that is our goal for now. Then we can think about the Major."
Watch: 9INE book their ticket to Paris
19:07 - NER0
9INE are through to the Major!
18:48 - Nohte
What a flick down from hades!
18:43 - Nohte
9INE are four rounds away from Paris
18:30 - Nohte
9INE have their foot on Vitality's throat as a pistol round victory and strong start to the second half has put them in the lead, 12-8. The Poles are just four rounds away from booking a ticket to Paris.
Dead even at the half
18:21 - Nohte
A strong resurgence from 9INE has put them within one round of evening the score at the end of their CT effort — can they close out the series on the T side of Anbuis and qualify for the Major?
Vitality crumble to pistols
18:16 - Nohte
The European combine were in pole position to run away with the half, but capitulated to pistols when attacking the A bombsite to hand over control to 9INE.
9INE drop back-to-back advantages as Vitality extends lead
18:12 - Nohte
9INE's efforts to close the gap between them and Vitality have faltered after they dropped a 5vs3 situation, a triple kill from Mathieu "ZywOo" Herbaut and 1vs2 clutch from Dan "apEX" Madesclaire putting their side back in control. The Polish team also failed to convert upon an early opening and 4vs3 in the next round as a lurk from Lotan "Spinx" Giladi caught out some CT aggression in B main, 8-4.
Clip: hades slams desk in frustration
18:02 - Nohte
Unlucky timing on the flank from hades saw him pull out his pistol just as apEX peeked — hopefully the Pole's hand and his desk are okay because he'll need both as 9INE begin efforts to halt Vitality's strong start (6-3).
Vitality jump out to an early lead with their backs against the wall
17:53 - Nohte
Multi-kills from Peter "dupreeh" Rasmussen put Vitality in control of the proceedings on their T side of Anubis, and a conversion in the first gun round has helped the European combine establish a 4-0 start.
Watch: Heroic become the 16th team to qualify
17:42 - NER0
stavn: "It's what we came here to do"
17:41 - NER0
"We have a great mental game. We always say that we shouldn't underestimate any opponent and that's really important. Sometimes, especially when you're going into a BO1 and you play against the lesser opponent you're not used to.
"Sometimes you can go into it with that feeling that it's going to be an easy game but we have the same mentality for every game we play."
9INE one map away from the Major
17:33 - Nohte
That round from Emil "Magisk" Reif was all that Vitality had to boast about for the rest of the game; a triple kill from ZywOo in the following round wasn't enough to grant his team the win, and 9INE remained in control for the rest of the map as they won five rounds straight to secure their map pick.
The Polish team are now just one map win away from making the Paris Major, with play now headed to Anubis — a map which they rarely pick, but have won eight out of the 11 matches they've played in the last three months. Conversely, Vitality have a flawless record on the map, but have played it just twice in the last three months, beating FaZe and OG at ESL Pro League Season 17.
Multi-kills from Magisk keep Vitality in the game
17:25 - Nohte
Magisk helped Vitality close the gap at the start of the half and gain the lead following a pistol round victory, 10-9, but it didn't take long for 9INE to get back on the horse with two rounds of their own.
Heroic qualify for BLAST Paris Major Legends Stage
17:17 - GSTK
Monte's comeback eventually ran out of steam. The Ukrainians made it to a 12-10 advantage on the T-side before inching to a 14-14 stalemate. The Danes' prowess in the server ultimately prevailed, however, with Viktor "sdy" Orudzhev and company just falling short in a full-distance map to be sent to the 2-1 pool in Copenhagen.
Every individual on the Heroic side was pulling their weight despite the hard-fought scoreline. Casper "cadiaN" Møller, the team's in-game leader, was leading by example, though, ending Overpass with a 26-20 K-D differential.
Monte now look forward to their next matchup at the RMR, where a victory would qualify the squad for CS:GO's last-ever Major. The team will face FORZE or G2, depending on the result of the ongoing game between Vitality and 9INE.
How does KEi get two there?
17:06 - Striker
Kamil "KEi" Pietkun faces two M4 players with just a MAC10 on ramp but kills both while losing just 26 HP. Vitality had been on a run to recovery with four in a row, but are still trailing by three rounds heading to the offense.
Monte take lead over Heroic
16:58 - King Dempz
Monte are well on their way to completing a very difficult task. Their offense has shown good variety and Heroic are struggling to get a good read, meaning their usual stacking antics are just not working.
Monte now hold a 12-10 lead. Maybe we will get a decider after all!
9INE's comfort pick is paying off
16:53 - Striker
Vertigo is undoubtedly 9INE's home map — the Poles hold a 23-3 record on it in 2023 — and it shows. Eight in a row on the Terrorist side with everyone pulling their own weight all-around.
Heroic pull out to convincing lead to close first half
16:42 - King Dempz
It might already be too much of a mountain for Monte to climb. A big second half coming up for them.
Second qualification match between Vitality and 9INE begins
16:39 - Striker
Can the Poles continue their dark horse run after beating BIG and G2 now that they head into series play, or will Vitality live up to their status of favorites and secure the organization a place at its home Major?
device: "We have a good map pool against Spirit"
16:37 - NER0
"I think the veto has changed a bit, we've faced Spirit three times in a row almost and we know we have a good map pool against them. Obviously Mirage is one of their.. not as strong maps as well."
"So when they pick it it's not as if they're really comfortable with it. I think it's a punish pick for us but other teams punish pick [Mirage] against them. So yeah, we were comfortable with the last two maps but I don't know what they could have done differently."
For device, though, the prospect of facing his old team means little: "It's fine, only REZ plays there since I played there so I don't think too much about it. It's just one opponent at a time. If it's NIP, it's more about how i want to play rather than who I'm playing against."
Heroic getting better of intense brawl on Overpass
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Spirit held on by a thread, but ultimately broke off
16:14 - Striker
Astralis went up 14-4 to start the second half and Spirit managed to hold on with a run of six out of seven rounds, but the Danes finally found the 16th with an execute towards A and a smart device boost in the retake situation.
Monte nearly haul themselves back into contention, but Heroic get over the line
15:54 - King Dempz
It’s tragic that Mohammad "BOROS" Malhas lost this game, he was utterly breathtaking. 30 kills, 114 ADR, 1.60 rating.
Spirit four rounds away from elimination
15:49 - Striker
Astralis dominated the first half of Overpass from start to finish. device has put up some mind-blowing numbers in the first 15 rounds: 25 kills, 7-0 in opening duels, and nearly 180 ADR going into the second half.
blameF's heroics put Astralis in control
15:30 - Striker
Spirit won the pistol, but then Benjamin "blameF" Bremer stepped up with a triple with a stolen AK-47 to put Astralis in control of the opening stages of Overpass. The Danes lead 6-2 after Ihor "w0nderful" Zhdanov just broke the streak with a quad-kill on the B bombsite.
Heroic post dominant 12-3 first half score against Monte
15:28 - King Dempz
Heroic earn themselves a convincing first half, despite Monte having plenty of chances to make things closer. The majority-Ukrainian side simply let too many advantages slip away in mid and late-round scenarios.
Heroic take commanding lead, but Monte making rounds close
15:14 - King Dempz
This game has been a bit strange. Heroic look like they are dominating considering the 8-1 scoreline, but Monte have been getting very close round after round and are keeping the Danes’ economy in check.
Monte really need to do better when they get the advantage, they have lost multiple scenarios where they had an extra man or two.
BOROS is the man to beat on the server at the moment, he has the most kills despite being on the side currently losing.
Astralis force Overpass decider
15:05 - Striker
No drama as Astralis let only one round go in the second half to close Ancient 16-5. Finally some big performances from the team's stars, blameF and device, who had been uncharacteristically quiet in the opening two losses.
Nertz: "We need to step up"
15:04 - NER0
HLTV.org found Guy "NertZ" Iluz for a comment after ENCE eliminated iNation. The Israeli star, however, was not 100% satisfied: "I think we played bad. We had good preparation. But overall we played overall bad, we need to step up for the next game."
He shone once again on Mirage, delivering 104 ADR on Mirage. "It's really easy to play in the Snappi system, but yeah, I should focus, keep focusing on it."
Astralis run away with the first half of Ancient
14:44 - Striker
Some solitary rounds from Spirit weren't enough to challenge Astralis' blistering offense on the second map. Only s1ren has turned up to play so far — he is on 20 kills, more than everyone else combined.
iNation take ENCE all the way, but are ultimately eliminated from the RMR
14:42 - King Dempz
Just as iNation were threating to take control of the map in the dying stages, NertZ came up huge with a 4k in a 3v5 to save ENCE. He was a monster throughout the map, and Pavle "Maden" Bošković waking up towards the end was also a vital factor for the European squad.
Filip "DEPRESHN" Jarkić did find two excellent kills in a post-plant to at least give iNation a glimmer of hope, and they converted the next to get the score to 14-14, but ultimately ENCE were not to be denied.
iNation showed some glimpses of what they can do during their RMR run, but in the end their status as the worst-ranked team in attendance rang true. They are eliminated from BLAST Paris Major contention.
Clip: s1ren surprises Astralis from behind
14:27 - Striker
iNation edging closer to victory, but ENCE just break streak of lost rounds
14:23 - King Dempz
iNation are grinding closer to victory on their offense. ENCE won the pistol only to lose the second-round force, and since they have really struggled to get much done. They have been caught out by flanks and lurks surprisingly often, seemingly dying to getting shot in the side and back as much as in heads up duels.
iNation carry one-round lead into second half of Mirage
14:06 - King Dempz
ENCE started to take control after going 0-4, racking up a string of rounds of their own, but sloppy play in some key moments allowed iNation back into things. The Serbians were ultimately able to squeak a narrow half victory, a far cry from the first map.
Can iNation convert Mirage, a map they rarely play, and send us to a third?
Here's a stat
14:01 - Striker
Astralis went 18-8 in opening duels in that map. That goes to show how many advantages they could not convert.
Astralis are one map from elimination
13:54 - Striker
Boris "magixx" Vorobiev pushes Spirit over the finish line with eight crucial kills in the final four rounds. Astralis just couldn't win late situations, often despite having the advantage. We head into the Danes' pick of Ancient next — it's a big comfort pick, they have 9-2 record on it in the past three months.
iNation and ENCE level in early stages of Mirage
13:50 - King Dempz
ENCE flip the script once they get their economy in order though, running back four of their own to tie up the scores at 4-4.
Astralis stay in contention after winning pistol
13:44 - Striker
Spirit lead Astralis 10-5 on Mirage
13:26 - Striker
Astralis have consistently been unable to capitalize on opening kills on the CT side and Spirit took advantage with a six-round run. Close to a must-win pistol coming up for the Danes if they want to come back on their own offense.
ENCE utterly crush iNation 16-0 on the Serbians' map pick
13:22 - King Dempz
iNation got their heads caved in, and on their own map no less.
Can iNation pick themselves up after such a drubbing? Stay tuned to find out.
Photo reel: Emotions on display in 1-1 matches
13:16 - Striker
More photos are coming in every hour. Check them our in our day two gallery here.
ENCE dominating iNation in early stages
13:03 - King Dempz
It has been one-way traffic so far in this matchup, ENCE are dominating on their CT side.
iNation have managed to get themselves into a couple of clutch situations on the lower site, but were unable to win them. They have also found themselves outplayed in the mid-round more than once.
Currently 8-0 in ENCE’s favour.
Clip: HooXi shouts... something at Aurora
12:57 - NER0
Anyone know what he said? No? Us neither.
k1to: "It helped us that they removed Dust2"
12:52 - NER0
"We had easier draws than other teams but yesterday we didn't take our chance. It could have been our game yesterday, but I'm really happy we made the comeback today. After a rough start on T side it gets tough on Anubis but yeah, really happy we made it."
"It's helped us, kind of, that they removed Dust2 because we always picked it and we could always rely on it and now we have to work on our whole map pool. We are really strong on every map now, maybe not all but on many maps we are on a good level."
"We don't even know what our best map is, we feel every map is on the same level. Of course not the best level but it's going up."
First elimination series up next
12:45 - Striker
Astralis have played spirit three times in the past month in ESL Pro League and the IEM Dallas closed qualifier and won two times. This time, Robert "Patsi" Isyanov says they have a better veto: "Every game versus them we have a different veto, now it's a good veto for us."
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BIG go 13-1 to breeze past 500
12:35 - Striker
BIG were in cruise control after closing out that first half. 500 only won one more throughout the whole second half as the Germans dominated on the CT side of Anubis, going 13-1 to end the match 16-8 in their favor. One more series win necessary for BIG to qualify for Paris, while the Bulgarians are one loss away from elimination.
G2 take narrow win over Aurora
12:33 - King Dempz
Evgeny "Norwi" Ermolin had other ideas. The young Russian played out of his mind in this game and his multi-kills were instrumental for Aurora, but G2 contributed to their own downfall somewhat, as demonstrated in the clip below.
Just when the match seemed to be heading to OT, G2 executed upper on a force-buy and clinched the 16-14 victory. Far from convincing from the No. 1 team in the world, and Aurora can take plenty of heart from their showing, particularly Norwi.
BIG lead 500 after a close first half
12:11 - Striker
The Bulgarians from 500 had the opening stages of the half under control despite losing an anti-forcebuy in the second, but from 7-3 they lost the rest of the half due to another low buy win from BIG. Here's a cool highlight from one of the rounds, putting a spotlight on the Germans' quick thinking with utility:
G2 recover after slow start against Aurora
11:59 - King Dempz
And of course, the second an update was posted by HLTV teasing a potential upset, the favorites started to come back. Sorry Aurora!
G2 started to look much more comfortable on defense, with Ilya "m0NESY" Osipov’s AWP ringing true and Nemanja "huNter-" Kovač finding multi-frags. Another A execute did find Aurora one more round however, and a seven-round T side is still a fantastic effort.
8-7 for G2 heading into the second period.
Hvidt: "We are confident we can find our best game"
11:49 - NER0
"Of course, we're disappointed. But 24 hours ago we were quite happy with the performance we had shown going into the RMR. After the first game, we were not satisfied with the result, of course, but at least on the CT side we were quite happy, and the comeback.
"Then we had one bad map which brings us to this difficult situation, but we are confident that we can find the best of our game again as we have done recently in the Dallas qualifier."
Two matches ongoing
11:46 - King Dempz
In case you aren't up to date with what is going on, below are the two games currently ongoing.
Stay tuned for updates!
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Aurora take early lead on T side of Nuke against G2
11:42 - King Dempz
Heartbreak for Eternal Fire
11:22 - Striker
Cloud9 clinch the game in overtime. A solid defense of the A bombsite gave them two rounds on the CT side, Sergey "Ax1Le" Rykhtorov came alive to start off the second half and Dmitry "sh1ro" Sokolov closed it with a clutch on the B bombsite in a back-and-forth round.
Heartbreaking for Eternal Fire, who were up 9-0 at one point but couldn't quite finish off the heavy favorites. The Turkish team head to the 1-2 pool and are on the verge of elimination.
FORZE put NIP on the edge of elimination
11:16 - King Dempz
Ninjas in Pyjamas simply started far too slow in this match, and were not up to scratch individually. Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen could only manage seven kills in 28 rounds. Now they pay the price and start into the face of elimination.
Cloud9 force overtime!
11:11 - Striker
Eternal Fire break the streak to reach match point
11:09 - Striker
Cloud9 claim a lead late into Vertigo
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NIP start to claw their way back
11:00 - King Dempz
A pistol win was necessary for Ninjas in Pyjamas and they delivered, starting their Terrorist side off right.
Cloud9 on the way to recovery
10:47 - Striker
FORZE cruise through first half against NIP
10:43 - King Dempz
Ninjas in Pyjamas are falling flat massively when it comes to even duels and have resorted to an outrageously passive defensive approach. Rarely did they attempt to hold top mid control, no real attempts at banana control, and FORZE punished them for it.
The only bright spot for Ninjas in Pyjamas was their B hold, but having a strong small-site defense wasn’t worth a whole lot.
The score is 11-4 to FORZE.
Cloud9 with just four rounds in the half
10:35 - Striker
They did all they could to limit the damage, as they've finally started finding some picks around the map in middle and ramp. Still only four rounds to their name by halftime, though — despite a low buy in the last round Eternal Fire made MP9s work.
FORZE run out to early lead over NIP
10:21 - King Dempz
FORZE went for some blistering pace on their T pistol, sprinting up mid before splitting the A bombsite effectively.
They adopt the complete opposite approach on the followup, a very slow default that is nearly picked apart by a scout and some pistols. Aleksandr "shalfey" Marenov had to win a clutch with 8 hp, killing the defuser with less than a second left.
Unfortunately for the Ninjas they threw a 3v5, given to them by Daniil "headtr1ck" Valitov, in the very next round. A tech pause comes in, with the score 6-1 in FORZE's favour, giving Ninjas in Pyjamas a breather.
Eternal Fire up 7-0 on Cloud9
10:15 - Striker
The game is quickly getting away from Cloud9 on the Terrorist side of Vertigo. Only 15 kills in total across the Russian team's players in seven rounds — there haven't even been particularly close rounds throughout.
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We'll have four best-of-ones and four best-of-threes to kick off day two. At the end of it, two teams will have qualified for Paris and another two will be eliminated.
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